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2009

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

Our ambassador for Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this wine is a vibrant blend of exquisite fruit from venerated vineyards neighboring our winery. An opalescent, pale straw hue carries expressive aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and white flowers. The palate is full-bodied and viscous with perfectly integrated flavors of Bosc pear, fresh cut apple and lemon meringue. Notes of jasmine and minerality complement the long, memorable finish.

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92 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright gold.  Complex, heady bouquet of pear nectar, melon, licorice and ginger, with a smoky mineral undertone.  Spicy and precise on the palate, showing gently sweet orchard fruit flavors with complicating notes of anise, buttered toast and white pepper.  This complex chardonnay finishes with strong bite and lingering smokiness. ”
Josh Raynolds

90 points Wine Advocate

“A gorgeous, polished wine bursting with rich, varietal fruit.  Subtle hints of butter and oak frame the finish.  This is a great entry-level wine from Paul Hobbs.  ”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 16 - October 10

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; 55% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011